Transnational Feminisms

The Transnational Feminisms Initiative was founded in 2010 by Catherine Sameh, former BCRW Associate Director, and currently Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality at UC-Irvine. The initiative seeks to continue BCRW’s longstanding practice of bridging scholarship and activism in ways that connect the work of Barnard faculty and students with feminist scholars and activists around the world by building deeply connected networks, organizations, and movements in the struggle toward justice.

Led by BCRW Associate Director Tami Navarro since 2014, Transnational Feminisms continues as a curricular initiative offering credit-bearing courses for students to engage in research and study in Cape Town with the African Gender Institute, and Barbados with the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. 


Aug 14, 2019

Barbados: Engaging Caribbean Development

About Syllabus Faculty Profile About CIGAD About This course is an exploration of different ways of conceptualizing the relationships between gender and labor over time, including critiques linking gendered labor to race and class. Grounded primarily in ethnography and political economy, we will look at some of the changes and continuities in the relationship between gender and forms of […]

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Oct 2, 2017

Cape Town: The Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary African Contexts

This course is designed to introduce Barnard College students to research possibilities in South Africa and to experience transnational feminist pedagogies in practice. Participants concentrate on the politics of gender and sexuality in contemporary South Africa and in its relations with its neighbors.

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Oct 2, 2017

Mumbai at Home and in the World: Gender, Sexuality, and the Postcolonial City

About Syllabus Photos and Videos Faculty Profiles About In keeping with its commitment to scholarly and pedagogical excellence in an era of new global affiliations and exchange, Barnard College held its inaugural interdisciplinary Winter Seminar: “Mumbai At Home and In the World” in Mumbai from January 9 to 16, 2013.  The goal of the project […]

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Oct 2, 2017

Cave Hill: Women and Global Markets: A View from the Caribbean

In July 2015, BCRW Associate Director Tami Navarro traveled to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill as part of BCRW’s Transnational Feminisms Initiative in partnership with colleagues in the Institute for Gender and Development Studies at the Cave Hill campus.

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Sep 26, 2013

African Women’s Rights and Resilience

Course Description Course Materials Student Reflections Videos Related Events Collective Bibliography Co-Sponsors Course Description African Women’s Rights and Resilience Tina Campt and Leymah Gbowee, Instructors As detailed in the syllabus included on this site, Part One of the course, ‘Theorizing Black and Brown Bodies’ focused on feminist theories of the body, with particular emphasis theorizing race, gender and sexuality as they […]

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Projects and Working Groups

Oct 2, 2017

Theater and Sex Work: VAMP’s Performance as Resistance

Vaishya Anyay Mukti Parishad (Sex Workers Free from Injustice), also known as VAMP, is a collective of sex-workers in Sangli, a small Indian border town on the commercial trucking routes between the states of Maharashtra and Karnataka.  Working since 1996 with the not-for-profit organization SANGRAM (founded 1992), VAMP has been a vocal and effective organizer around […]

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Oct 2, 2017

Gender Justice & Neoliberal Transformations Working Group

This working group undertakes multi-sited, collaborative research to contribute to more just social relations. Given the centrality of gender and sexuality to both state formation and contemporary operations of statecraft, we argue that this engagement is crucial to theorizing neoliberalism, and particularly so in relation to transformations in the welfare state, the feminization of labor, and the increase in affective labor.

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Jan 2, 2013

Birthright Crisis

In September 2013, the Dominican Republic passed TC168/13, a law that permanently annulled the citizenship of children born to “undocumented parents,” going back to 1929. This law directly impacted the children of Haitian immigrants who have been brought into to the Dominican Republic as laborers for the past 80 years, a practice initiated by the […]

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Oct 2, 2017

Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices

In 1994, Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan published the landmark Scattered Hegemonies: Postmodernity and Transnational Feminist Practice. The work marked a pivotal moment in the development of transnational feminisms with its examination of the circulation of ideas, people, capital, goods, and socio-political movements across different spatial and temporal boundaries. Today, transnational feminist work is increasingly important […]

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Oct 2, 2017

Intersections of Queer Studies and Religion

Intersections of Queer Studies and Religion is part of a larger transnational project, Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular, and Queer Perspectives. This project was initiated in 2011 by Professor Anne-Marie Korte at Utrecht Univesrity and supported by a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW).

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Released Aug 12, 2013
Tags: activism, class, economic justice, gender, prisons, queer, race, transgender

Impossibility Now

A trans* politics manifesto by Dean Spade.

Recorded Oct 1, 2014
Tags: activism, human rights, immigration, race, transnational

How Does It Feel to Be Stateless?

Talk by Altagracia Jean Joseph on immigration laws against Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic.

Recorded Oct 17, 2014
Tags: activism, domestic work, gender, labor, transnational

Labor Migration and the Transnational Demand for Domestic Labor: Justice in the Home Panel #3

Panel from Justice in the Home featuring Tamara Mose, Rhacel Parreñas, Saskia Sassen, Martina Vandenberg, chaired by Grace Chang.

Recorded Feb 22, 2014
Tags: academy, activism, education, gender, history, politics, scholar & feminist, sexuality, transnational

The Legacy of Scattered Hegemonies

Opening plenary at "Locations of Learning: Transnational Feminist Practices," featuring Caren Kaplan, Inderpal Grewal, Lydia Liu, Jennifer Terry, Tina Campt, and Deborah A. Thomas. Moderated by Attiya Ahmad.

Recorded Sep 24, 2011
Tags: academy, activism, arts, class, education, gender, intersectionality, latina, queer, race, transnational

Academic / Activist Partnerships in Mexico

Panel featuring Marisa Belausteguigoitia Rius, Rían Lozano de la Pola, Lorena Wolffer, and Helena López. Moderated by Margaret Cerullo.

Recorded Sep 23, 2011
Tags: academy, activism, class, economic justice, environment, gender, history, intersectionality, latina, politics, queer, race, transnational

Transnational Feminisms Across the Americas

Panel featuring Ximena García Bustamante, Ariella Rotramel, Anahi Russo Garrido, and Sasha Taner. Moderated by Temma Kaplan.